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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209145/altered-neuroendocrine-immune-responses-a-two-sword-weapon-against-traumatic-inflammation
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REVIEW
Ce Yang, Jie Gao, Juan Du, Xuetao Yang, Jianxin Jiang
During the occurrence and development of injury (trauma, hemorrhagic shock, ischemia and hypoxia), the neuroendocrine and immune system act as a prominent navigation leader and possess an inter-system crosstalk between the reciprocal information dissemination. The fundamental reason that neuroendocrinology and immunology could mix each other and permeate toward the field of traumatology is owing to their same biological languages or chemical information molecules (hormones, neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, cytokines and their corresponding receptors) shared by the neuroendocrine and immune systems...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197625/chemical-warfare-agents-classes-and-targets
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Michael Schwenk
Synthetic toxic chemicals (toxicants) and biological poisons (toxins) have been developed as chemical warfare agents in the last century. At the time of their initial consideration as chemical weapon, only restricted knowledge existed about their mechanisms of action. There exist two different types of acute toxic action: nonspecific cytotoxic mechanisms with multiple chemo-biological interactions versus specific mechanisms that tend to have just a single or a few target biomolecules. TRPV1- and TRPA-receptors are often involved as chemosensors that induce neurogenic inflammation...
November 29, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183814/sulfur-mustard-resistant-keratinocytes-obtained-elevated-glutathione-levels-and-other-changes-in-the-antioxidative-defense-mechanism
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Simone Rothmiller, Sarah Schröder, Romano Strobelt, Markus Wolf, Jin Wang, Xiqian Jiang, Franz Worek, Dirk Steinritz, Horst Thiermann, Annette Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Sulfur mustard (SM) is a potent blistering chemical warfare agent, which was first used in 1917. Despite the Chemical Weapons Convention, a use was recently reported in Syria in 2015. This emphasizes the importance to develop countermeasures against chemical warfare agents. Despite intensive research, there is still no antidote or prophylaxis available against SM. METHODS: The newly developed SM-resistant keratinocyte cell line HaCaT/SM was used to identify new target structures for drug development, particularly the adaptations in protective measures against oxidative stress...
November 25, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177587/intranasal-therapy-to-stop-status-epilepticus-in-prehospital-settings
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REVIEW
John Benfield, Alberto Musto
Status epilepticus (SE) is a medical emergency characterized by uncontrolled, prolonged seizures with rapid and widespread neuronal damage. Patients that suffer from longer episodes of SE are more likely to have poorer clinical outcomes and a higher cost of healthcare. Understanding novel molecular mechanisms that regulate inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission that initiate SE and the necessary medical infrastructure to stop SE could help identify targets for early intervention. Intranasal administration of benzodiazepines may shorten the time between initiation and cessation of seizures when compared to other routes of administration...
November 25, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141200/phosgene-oxime-injury-and-associated-mechanisms-compared-to-vesicating-agents-sulfur-mustard-and-lewisite
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Dinesh Giri Goswami, Rajesh Agarwal, Neera Tewari-Singh
Phosgene Oxime (CX, Cl2CNOH), a halogenated oxime, is a potent chemical weapon that causes immediate acute injury and systemic effects. CX, grouped together with vesicating agents, is an urticant or nettle agent with highly volatile, reactive, corrosive, and irritating vapor, and has considerably different chemical properties and toxicity compared to other vesicants. CX is absorbed quickly through clothing with faster cutaneous penetration compared to other vesicating agents causing instantaneous and severe damage...
November 12, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120115/quantitative-determination-of-acidic-hydrolysis-products-of-chemical-weapons-convention-related-chemicals-from-aqueous-and-soil-samples-using-ion-pair-solid-phase-extraction-and-in-situ-butylation
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Suresh Pal Anagoni, Asma Kauser, Gopal Maity, Vijayasarathi V R Upadhyayula
Chemical warfare agents such as organophospshorus nerve agents, mustard agents, and psychotomimetic agent like 3-quinuclidinylbenzilate degrade in the environment and form acidic degradation products the analysis of which is difficult under normal analytical conditions. In the present work a simultaneous extraction and derivatization method in which the analytes are butylated followed by gas chromatography and mass spectrometric identification of the analytes from aqueous and soil samples was carried out. The extraction was carried out using ion-pair solid-phase extraction with tetrabutylammonium hydroxide followed by gas chromatography with mass spectrometry in the electron ionization mode...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069930/long-term-health-effects-of-chemical-warfare-agents-on-children-following-a-single-heavy-exposure
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J M Talabani, A I Ali, A M Kadir, R Rashid, F Samin, D Greenwood, Awm Hay
In the 1980s, villages in the Kurdistan region of Iraq were exposed to chemical weapons (CWs), which killed and injured thousands of civilians. There has been no clinical assessment of the long-term effects of CWs exposure on those injured. We report the first such evaluation of CW effects on long-term health of children. Patients from the CW-exposed areas were interviewed to assess previous and current clinical history and underwent clinical examination. The status of organs known to be targets of CWs, including skin, eyes, respiratory and neuromuscular systems, was assessed...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052530/health-impacts-of-chemical-irritants-used-for-crowd-control-a-systematic-review-of-the-injuries-and-deaths-caused-by-tear-gas-and-pepper-spray
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Rohini J Haar, Vincent Iacopino, Nikhil Ranadive, Sheri D Weiser, Madhavi Dandu
BACKGROUND: Chemical irritants used in crowd control, such as tear gases and pepper sprays, are generally considered to be safe and to cause only transient pain and lacrimation. However, there are numerous reports that use and misuse of these chemicals may cause serious injuries. We aimed to review documented injuries from chemical irritants to better understand the morbidity and mortality associated with these weapons. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review using PRISMA guidelines to identify injuries, permanent disabilities, and deaths from chemical irritants worldwide between January 1, 1990 and March 15, 2015...
October 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018892/novel-treatment-opportunities-for-sulfur-mustard-related-cancers-genetic-and-epigenetic-perspectives
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REVIEW
Soheila Rahmani, Mohammad Abdollahi
Sulfur mustard (SM), also known as mustard gas, is a chemical weapon which by now has been used in many wars. The most concerning SM toxic effect is probable carcinogenicity. In this study, the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of SM carcinogenicity, by focusing on treatment of SM-associated malignancies, particularly gene therapeutics, cancer vaccines, and epigenetic medications, have been criticized. The required data were collected through an organized search on valid scientific databases. For SM carcinogenicity due to acute or chronic exposure, the entire original and review articles were evaluated...
October 10, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973427/histopathological-and-molecular-changes-in-the-rabbit-cornea-from-arsenical-vesicant-lewisite-exposure
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Neera Tewari-Singh, Dinesh G Goswami, Rama Kant, David A Ammar, Dileep Kumar, Robert W Enzenauer, Robert P Casillas, Claire R Croutch, J Mark Petrash, Rajesh Agarwal
Lewisite (LEW), a potent arsenical vesicating chemical warfare agent, poses a continuous risk of accidental exposure in addition to its feared use as a terrorist weapon. Ocular tissue is exquisitely sensitive to LEW and exposure can cause devastating corneal lesions. However, detailed pathogenesis of corneal injury and related mechanisms from LEW exposure that could help identify targeted therapies are not available. Using an established consistent and efficient exposure system, we evaluated the pathophysiology of the corneal injury in New-Zealand white rabbits following LEW vapor exposure (at 0...
September 18, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955764/the-delayed-effect-of-mustard-gas-on-housekeeping-gene-expression-in-lung-biopsy-of-chemical-injuries
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Marzieh Eghtedardoost, Zuhair Mohammad Hassan, Nayereh Askari, Alireza Sadeghipour, Mohammad Mahdi Naghizadeh, Sara Ghafarpour, Tooba Ghazanfari
OBJECTIVE: Sulfur mustard (SM) was used as a chemical weapon in Iraq-Iran war. Exposed people have major complications in important organs such as pulmonary system. Some studies have shown that SM could affect the expression of endogenous genes and non-housekeeping genes, time dependently. To understand the accurate molecular mechanism of the delayed effect of SM, the identification of the gene expression pattern in these patients is essential. Hence, we have evaluated mRNA expression of four common housekeeping genes (ACTIN, PGK1, β2m, GAPDH) in SM-exposed and non-exposed (control) formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) human lung tissues...
September 2017: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927535/potentiation-of-hydrogen-peroxide-toxicity-from-catalase-inhibition-to-stable-dna-iron-complexes
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REVIEW
Tulip Mahaseth, Andrei Kuzminov
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is unique among general toxins, because it is stable in abiotic environments at ambient temperature and neutral pH, yet rapidly kills any type of cells by producing highly-reactive hydroxyl radicals. This life-specific reactivity follows the distribution of soluble iron, Fe(II) (which combines with H2O2 to form the famous Fenton's reagent),Fe(II) is concentrated inside cells, but is virtually absent outside them. Because of the immediate danger of H2O2, all cells have powerful H2O2 scavengers, the equally famous catalases, which enable cells to survive thousand-fold higher concentrations of H2O2 and, in combination with adequate movement of H2O2 across membranes, make the killing H2O2 concentrations virtually impractical to generate in vivo...
July 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926810/revisiting-the-biogeochemistry-of-arsenic-in-the-baltic-sea-impact-of-anthropogenic-activity
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Lei Li, Christa Pohl, Jing-Ling Ren, Detlef Schulz-Bull, Xiu-Hong Cao, Günther Nausch, Jing Zhang
With the increase in anthropogenic environmental disruption, the behavior of arsenic in the Baltic Sea has received more scientific attention because of its complex forms and toxicity, and was re-visited to determine if there have been measurable changes recently. A cruise was conducted in 10-19 May 2011 to investigate the species and distribution of total dissolved inorganic arsenic (TDIAs: [TDIAs]=[As(V)]+[As(III)]) revealing links between the hydrographic dynamics and biological/chemical reactions in the Baltic Sea...
February 1, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894261/unique-diversity-of-radioactive-particles-found-in-the-yenisei-river-floodplain
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Alexander Bolsunovsky, Mikhail Melgunov, Alexey Chuguevskii, Ole Christian Lind, Brit Salbu
The long-term operation of three reactors and the radiochemical plant of the Mining-and-Chemical Combine (MCC), Russia's largest producer of weapons-grade plutonium, has resulted in radioactive contamination of the Yenisei River floodplain. From 1995 to 2016, we found more than 200 radioactive particles (RP) in the Yenisei floodplain, downstream of the MCC. Analytical characterization showed that most of the RP were fuel particles, which were carried into the river after incidents at the MCC reactors. Having compared the (137)Cs/(134)Cs ratios in the particles, we determined three time intervals when the RP were formed...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876574/holding-the-torch-up-high-a-medical-historical-evaluation-of-surgical-advances-during-the-great-war-1914-1918-in-memory-of-those-that-served-and-fell
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G Scharf
"How wide and varied is the experience of the battlefield and how fertile the blood of warriors in raising good surgeons" Sir Clifford Allbutt (1898). With these sentiments of the medical lessons learned in war and conflict, with the background of the poem of "In Flanders Field", written by a doctor who had South African War connections, reasons (the Somme and third Ypres battles) will be given that this was indeed a "GREAT WAR" as the world history, weapons, strategy, tactics and wounding patterns had changed dramatically...
September 2017: South African Journal of Surgery. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875359/volatile-chemical-emission-as-a-weapon-of-rearguard-action-a-game-theoretic-model-of-contest-behavior
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Mike Mesterton-Gibbons, Yao Dai, Marlène Goubault, Ian C W Hardy
We use a game-theoretic model to explore whether volatile chemical (spiroacetal) emissions can serve as a weapon of rearguard action. Our basic model explores whether such emissions serve as a means of temporary withdrawal, preventing the winner of the current round of a contest from translating its victory into permanent possession of a contested resource. A variant of this model explores an alternative possibility, namely, that such emissions serve as a means of permanent retreat, attempting to prevent a winner from inflicting costs on a fleeing loser...
November 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846437/oxygen-administration-improves-survival-but-worsens-cardiopulmonary-functions-in-chlorine-exposed-rats
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Obiefuna C Okponyia, Matthew D McGraw, Marilyn M Dysart, Rhonda B Garlick, Jacqueline S Rioux, Angela L Murphy, Gates B Roe, Carl W White, Livia A Veress
RATIONALE: Chlorine is a highly reactive gas that can cause significant injury when inhaled. Unfortunately, its use as a chemical weapon has increased in recent years. Massive chlorine inhalation can cause death within 4h of exposure. Survivors usually require hospitalization after massive exposure. No countermeasures exist for massive chlorine exposure, and supportive care measures lack controlled trials. METHODS: Adult rats were exposed to chlorine gas (LD58-67) in a whole-body exposure chamber, and given oxygen (0...
August 28, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814242/antimicrobial-peptides-a-promising-therapeutic-strategy-in-tackling-antimicrobial-resistance
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Ramya Nuti, Sridhar Goud, A Prasanth Saraswati, Ravi Alvala, Mallika Alvala
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has posed a serious threat to global public health and it requires immediate action, preferably long term. Current drug therapies have failed to curb this menace due to the ability of microbes to circumvent the mechanisms through which the drugs act. From the drug discovery point of view, the majority of drugs currently employed for antimicrobial therapy are small molecules. Recent trends reveal a surge in the use of peptides as drug candidates as they offer remarkable advantages over small molecules...
August 14, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748326/the-factor-structure-of-the-spiritual-well-being-scale-in-veterans-experienced-chemical-weapon-exposure
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Hamid Sharif Nia, Saeed Pahlevan Sharif, Christopher Boyle, Ameneh Yaghoobzadeh, Bahram Tahmasbi, G Hussein Rassool, Mozhgan Taebei, Mohammad Ali Soleimani
This study aimed to determine the factor structure of the spiritual well-being among a sample of the Iranian veterans. In this methodological research, 211 male veterans of Iran-Iraq warfare completed the Paloutzian and Ellison spiritual well-being scale. Maximum likelihood (ML) with oblique rotation was used to assess domain structure of the spiritual well-being. The construct validity of the scale was assessed using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), convergent validity, and discriminant validity. Reliability was evaluated with Cronbach's alpha, Theta (θ), and McDonald Omega (Ω) coefficients, intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC), and construct reliability (CR)...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743565/cognitive-and-emotional-impairments-after-cutaneous-intoxication-by-cees-a-sulfur-mustard-analog-in-mice
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Fanny Gros-Désormeaux, Daniel Béracochéa, Frédéric Dorandeu, Christophe Piérard
Cognitive and emotional disorders have been reported in veterans intoxicated with sulfur mustard (SM) a chemical weapon belonging to the category of vesicating agents. However, the intense stress associated with the SM intoxication may render difficult determining the exact role played by SM intoxication itself on the emergence and maintaining of cognitive disorders. Animal's model would allow overcoming this issue. So far, we presently investigated the cognitive and emotional impact of an acute cutaneous intoxication with CEES (2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide), a SM analog in C57/Bl6 mice...
July 22, 2017: Toxicology Letters
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